Monthly Archives: July 2011
Located on Chester Square, this large 800sf 1 bedroom has large living area and a seperate office and dining area. Heat and Hot Water are included in the rent. This is available September 1st. No Laundry in the building.
Great 2 bed in Bay Village/Back Bay location. Common Roofdeck, Nice Kitchen, Renovated Bath, Large Living room. Common Laundry in the Basement
This is a great 1 Bedroom on quiet and quaint Fayette Street. Common Roofdeck, Hardwood Floors, Tons of Closet/Storage space. The kitchen has granite and Stainless appliance and the Bathroom is recently renovated as well. There is laundry in the building and Heat and Hot Water are included in the rent. Condo does not allow pets. Available September 15th
Check out the Article Below.
This is a rental Article that was Posted in the Globe today and it has already created quite a buzz in the Real Estate market. I’ve written before regarding the high prices and low inventory in Boston, but here are some more statistics. As I said in one of my earlier posts, its good to be a landlord and much more difficult to be a renter these days.
My tip to Anyone looking out there is, if you see a place that you like and you think it is priced “fairly” don’t wait, because everyone else is looking at it too.
I came across this company Tempaper that makes temporary wallpaper. I thought this was a great idea for Renters and for people who need to stage a home. I might just have to test this out.
The one thing I notice n the Rental Business are lack of statistics. Sales is much easier. Here is an interesting article in Boston.com. It includes statistics from Rentjuice which is one of the fastest growing rental database systems out there. It’s geared more towards the entry level studios, and price breakdowns for roomates, nonetheless its good info for what you need to pay if you want to live in Downtown Boston.
Rental Open Houses?
Recently, I’ve noticed a new trend that is starting to catch on in the Boston rental market. It’s the concept of a rental open house. This type of open house isn’t really the same as a “for sale” open house, its more of a”tool to rent it out quickly and easily. In this market, things are going fast. Actually, things can be said for the sales market too (if the product is right), but there are a few differences between the “rental open house” and the “for sale open house”. For sale open houses are tools to increase exposure and get people in the door. Open houses for rentals are similar, but there are intended to get multiple offers, and to minimize the amount of showings.
There are a few pro’s for this. Pros are: They can generate large interest and a possible offer over asking (good for the landlord and not the renter), they make it easier for a Real Estate Agent to rent out the property. Why? Instead of showing it 7 times over 4 days, you can get 7 people in one day and rent it out in 2 hours.
Cons for this are really against the renter and real estate agents working for the renter. For instance, I am working with a particular customer and i was trying to get them in the next day after it had been listed. I usually try to keep an eye out for properties, and i like to get clients in, soon after it goes on the market. I saw a great listing, called the listing agent and was told “no showings till the open house.” which was 4 days after the listing had been made open to the public. I did my job, tried to get them in early, no luck. The downside was, my client was not around in 4 days and if they were, it’s not an ideal situation.
The interesting this i see in this concept, is, we don’t see this in slower markets. Now that we are in the busiest season with low inventory and high interest, people sometimes have to bite the bullet and overpay as well as take something a little lesser quality than they had hoped for. This is something that we saw in the sales market during the boom, now its time for the rental market to follow suit.
Bottom Line…..It’s tough to be a renter this Summer. It’s also tough to be an agent working on behalf of the renter. Low inventory + high interest = higher rents and a lot of stress.
47 Joy Street
Least expensive 3 bed in Beacon Hill ! This is a 3+Bed 2 Bath lower duplex with a nice open layout. The downstairs is composed of a large living area, renovated granite and stainless kitchen, and a full bath. Upstairs are 3 well sized bedrooms a full bath and a seperate internal room that makes a great home office or media room. There is an in unit washer dryer as well as a wonderful common roof deck.